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Graphene - Green's function technique

  1. Aug 27, 2012 #1
    Graphene -- Green's function technique


    I am looking for a comprehensive review about using Matsubara Green's function technique for graphene (or at least some hints in the following problem). I have already learned some finite temperature Green's function technique, but only the basics.

    What confuses me is that graphene has two sublattices (say A and B), and so (in principle) we have four non-interacting Green's functions: [tex]G_{AA}(k,\tau)=-\langle T_{\tau}a_k(\tau)a_k^{\dagger}(0)\rangle,[/tex] ,

    where [tex]a_k[/tex] is the annihilation operator acting on the A sublattice. G_{AB}, G_{BA} and G_{BB} are defined in a similar way.

    Of course, there are connections between them, but G_{AA} and G_{AB} are essentially different. Now when I am to compute e.g. the screened Coulomb potential, I do not know, which Green's function should be used to evaluate the polarization bubble.

    Thank you for your help!
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  3. Aug 27, 2012 #2


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    Re: Graphene -- Green's function technique

    I think you will find the answer you are looking for when you consider the expression for the bubble in coordinate space.
  4. Aug 27, 2012 #3
    Re: Graphene -- Green's function technique

    Dear DrDu,

    thank you for your response, but I do not think, I understand how your suggestion helps me. Please explain it to me a bit more thoroughly.
  5. Aug 28, 2012 #4


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    Re: Graphene -- Green's function technique

    I mean that the electromagnetic field couples locally to the electrons. Hence the bubble is some integral containing a product of two Greensfunctions G(x,x')G(x,x'). What consequences does locality have in the case of Graphene?
  6. Aug 29, 2012 #5
    Re: Graphene -- Green's function technique

    You will find Section II.C of this review and the references therein pretty helpful:

  7. Aug 29, 2012 #6
    Re: Graphene -- Green's function technique

    Dear tejas777,

    This is a very nice review, thank you very much. Let me ask just one final question: can you explain, how comes

    in eq. (2.12) and (2.13) ?
  8. Aug 29, 2012 #7
    Re: Graphene -- Green's function technique

    Look at section 6.2 (on page 19/23) in:


    Now, the link contains a specific example. You can probably use this type of approach to derive a more general expression, one involving the ##s## and ##s'##. I may have read an actual journal article containing the rigorous analysis, but I cannot recall which one it was at the moment. If I am able to find that article I will post it here asap.
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